The average length of stay following surgery is two hours, but this may be much shorter for children or adults who have brief procedures. You must have someone give you a ride home and arrange to have someone stay with you following surgery.
Also, for the first 24 hours after surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and:
- Don’t stay alone.
- Don’t operate an automobile or other power equipment.
- Don’t sign legal documents or make important decisions.
- Don’t care for a dependent person.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take any medication that your doctor didn’t prescribe.